Director Bryan Singer, known for helming a string of high-profile feature films including “X-Men” and “Superman Returns,” is doing some pre-emptive damage control ahead of publication of an article in Esquire that Singer “implies will revisit sexual abuse and misconduct allegations that have been leveled at the director at various points in his career,” Variety reports.
Singer noted in an Instagram post, which you can see below, that the article “has been conveniently timed with the release of my film, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'”
Singer writes in the post: “I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me. They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”
Variety notes: “Last year, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claims the director assaulted him in 2003 at a yacht party. Sanchez-Guzman was 17 years old at the time of the alleged rape. Singer, along with other Hollywood executives, was previously accused by Michael Egan of assault in 2014. However, Egan later apologized and said his allegations were untrue. Singer was also sued by an anonymous plaintiff in the U.K. in 2014, but that suit was also dropped.”
Singer writes in the Instagram post: “This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits. This article will misuse quotes from ‘sources’ that will claim to have ‘intimate’ knowledge of my personal life. It will also attempt to establish guilt by association simply because of people I’ve either known or met in the past. They will be attempting to tarnish a career I’ve spent 25 years to build.”
Here’s Singer’s post …